Recap: Mother’s Day 5k

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Every year my mom and I run/walk the Barrington Mother’s Day 5k.  A morning of coffee, sunshine and family, is a perfect way to start Sunday and celebrate mom! This USATF certified 5k run/walk course takes you through the beautiful and somewhat hilly, neighborhood streets of Barrington.  It’s a wonderful one to include the kids on because of their free 100 meter kid’s dash.  With strollers allowed in the 5k, the whole family can get involved.  Not only can you celebrate mom in this 5K, but you also have the option of supporting breast cancer research by becoming a fundraiser for The Gateway For Cancer Research.

Every finisher receives a rose, which always brings a smile to my mom’s face!  Also included at the finish was a chocolate cake pop, bananas and chocolate chip cookies.  With the sun shining, the post race party was warming up with excitement as music played and awards were being announced.  For those competitive spirits, custom event awards are given to the top 3 overall participants for both male and female, as well as, the top 3 in each age group.

Walking with my mom each year, gives me the opportunity to share something I am most passionate about, running and racing.  There is nothing better than walking with your mom on a sunny, warm, beautiful Sunday.  Crossing the finish line and hugging at the end, is one of my favorite moments with my mom!  Whether you run or walk, the times you share with your mom, will forever stay in your heart.  Life is all about making memories and appreciating those you love.  I sure do appreciate my wonderful mother and we love continuing to make this memory each year!  I hope you were able to make some memories with your mom this weekend.  Congratulations to all the mothers who completed the 3.1 run/walk this weekend!

 

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Ashley Nolan is a Chicago based road, trail, and ultra-runner. Her love for endurance sports began in triathlon while training for and completing the Ironman distance. Since then she has completed several ultramarathons spanning from the 50K to 50 Mile distance. You can find her training on the Lakefront Path or up in Wisconsin on the Ice Age Trail.